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Simon's Soiree

Simon's Soiree, the sixth annual benefit for Simon's Fund, established to raise awareness about early detection of heart defects in children, took place on Feb. 7 at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia. Michael Barkann served as the master of cer

From left: Kim Baron, Rachel Shipon, Sue Pento, and Alyson Schwartz.
From left: Kim Baron, Rachel Shipon, Sue Pento, and Alyson Schwartz.Read more

Simon's Soiree, the sixth annual benefit for Simon's Fund, established to raise awareness about early detection of heart defects in children, took place on Feb. 7 at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia. Michael Barkann served as the master of ceremonies for the evening, which included food, fun, auctions, dinner, dancing. The Protect This Heart Award was presented to Dr. Frank Marchlinski, professor of medicine and director of electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, for his work in prevention of certain heart arrhythmias.

Simon's Fund was established in 2005 by Darren and Phyllis Sudman to honor the memory of their son, Simon, who died suddenly at 3 months of a rare heart defect called Long QT Syndrome. To date, the fund has provided free heart screenings to more than 10,000 students, leading to early detection of potentially fatal heart conditions in 100 students.